When you hear of San Francisco, there are likely a variety of images that come to mind. The City by the Bay is one of the most famous places in the United States, and it is celebrated for its diversity. This means that you are likely to find a neighborhood that matches your interests. From Chinatown to the Castro District, we will take a look at what San Fran has to offer.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America as well as the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Established in 1848, it has been highly influential and important in the culture and history of ethnic Chinese immigrants to the United States. The neighborhood still retains its own social clubs, customs, identity, places of worship, and languages. Older adults choose to live in Chinatown because of the availability of affordable housing.
The Castro District is also a famous and unique San Francisco neighborhood. It was one of the first gay neighborhoods in the country when it transformed from a working-class area in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In addition to relatively affordable housing, the neighborhood has museums, parks, bars, and the delicious Hot Cookie Bakery.
Movoto is a great website for finding out the best places for retirees across the country. They created a list of the Best San Francisco Neighborhoods for Retirees. At the top of their list was Sea Cliff because of its breathtaking views, large population of seniors aged 65 and older, and its low violent crime rates. The coastal views include old shipwrecks, cypress, historical ruins, and wildflowers. It has to be pretty good if Robin Williams and Tom Cruise chose to live there.
Other neighborhoods on the Movoto list were Mission Bay, Bernal Heights, and Pacific Heights, which is popular for its well-kept Edwardian and Victorian style homes. This is another location with beautiful views and famous residents.
When you have a city as big as San Francisco, there are going to be differing viewpoints on the best places for older adults. The real estate website Niche came out with its own list based on access to entertainment and health care, weather, and the number of retirees. Top suburbs included Belvedere, Rio Vista, Portola Valley, St. Helena, Walnut Creek, and more.
A neighborhood that is ideal for other seniors may not be your cup of tea. Fortunately, there are a number of tools out there that can help you find your perfect slice of San Francisco. Curbed San Francisco created a simple quiz to help you determine your best option. For instance, if you would like a simple apartment for you and your small dog that is close to boutique shops, the quiz tells you that Bayview would be perfect for you.
No matter what your lifestyle may be, San Francisco is sure to have a neighborhood that will cater to it. Have fun and take your time exploring the city and finding a home.
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